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Oded Zinger

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Duke University
Oded is a Perilman Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University Center for Jewish Studies. His research interests are the social and cultural history of …

Research Group: Rethinking Early Modern Jewish Legal Culture: New Sources, Methodologies and Paradigms

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[RG # 154] Rethinking Early Modern Jewish Legal Culture: New Sources, Methodologies and Paradigms

September 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

Organizers:

Jay Berkovitz (University of Massachusetts Amherst),
Arye Edrei (Tel Aviv University)

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A substantial number of new sources for the study of Jewish history and law have come to the attention of scholars during the past fifteen years. Only recently, rabbinic and lay court records from Jewish communities in early modern Europe and the Mediterranean world have begun to be inspected, though very few systematic studies of these sources have yet been undertaken. Rabbinic and community court records are fundamental not only to our understanding of Jewish autonomy and politics. They also represent a basic tool for discovering how Jewish law functioned in practice. Our goal is to incorporate these sources into the historical narrative so that we can better understand the role that Jewish and general law played in the life of individuals and their communities.

The following questions are central to the year-long investigations that are planned:

  1. Did Jews engage in forum shopping between Jewish and non-Jewish courts, how was this viewed by rabbinic and lay authorities, and where there was opposition, what were the steps taken to prevent this?

  2. Were adjustments in Jewish law (halakhah) among these steps, how familiar were Jews with general law, and did Jewish jurists incorporate aspects of general law, such as the ius commune, into their decisions?

The proposed Research Group intends to use rabbinic and lay court records to (re)define the place of Jewish law in daily life through modern legal theory and historical investigation.

Toward this end, we will place historians and legal scholars in dialogue on the substance and ramifications of these recently rediscovered sources. 

 

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Open Call for the Michael Bruno Award 2022

Deadline: April 30, 2022  (midnight)

          Submit a Nomination

For assistance please call Iris Avivi 02-6586932 or email irisa@savion.huji.ac.il 

The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) hereby invites all full professors (current or emeriti) at Israeli research institutions to nominate candidates for the Michael Bruno Memorial Award for mid-career scholars in STEM fields.

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The 2022 Michael Bruno Memorial Awards

The Michael Bruno Memorial Awards are granted annually to three outstanding mid-career Israeli scholars who have demonstrated an exceptional originality of mind, dedication and ground-breaking impact in their research, and who have managed to influence and re-shape their field of expertise. These awards, a personal prize in an amount of 200,000 NIS, are the highest recognition of past accomplishments, but they are also a vote of confidence in the laureates’ future achievements and contributions to research and to Israeli academia.

As of 2022 the awards will alternate each year between STEM scholars and scholars in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. Thus, the 2022 award will be granted to STEM scholars, and the following year award will be granted to scholars in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law.

 

Timeline

April 30, 2022                                  Deadline for submission of the nomination application (The system will be open for submission from February 15, 2022 onwards)

October 30, 2022                             Announcement of the 2022 Bruno Award laureates

January 2023                                   Academic Symposium in collaboration with the laureates

Who can nominate Bruno candidates?

The nominator must be a full professor or professor emeritus from any Israeli research institution. Each nominator may nominate only one candidate. No self-nominations will be accepted. Candidates should not be informed of their nomination.

 

Candidate eligibility

Eligible candidates must be faculty members of STEM fields in Israeli research institutions who are under 50 years of age as of February 15, 2022 or up to 15 years after their first University appointment.

 

Nomination process                              Submit a Nomination

The nomination deadline is April 30, 2022 and the form is to be submitted online.

The nomination form and all attached materials must be in English.

In the online form, the nominator is asked to enter the following details:

  1. The candidate’s personal information: full name, date of birth, affiliation
  2. Short description of your reasons for nominating the candidate (maximum 150 words)
  3. Description of your relationship to the candidate, including comments pertaining to any potential conflicts of interest
  4. A list of the candidate's three most important publications
  5. Indication of the h-index
  6. A list of 4 international experts in the candidate’s field and their contact information

In addition to the above, the nominator is required to provide the following documents (pdf format):

  1. The candidate’s professional CV and a full list of publications
  2. A letter written by the nominator recommending the candidate, and stressing the candidate’s impact on his/her research field and unique contributions
  3. A letter from an additional faculty member in Israel (need not be a full professor but must be from a different academic institution than the nominator)
  4. PDFs of the candidate’s three most important publications (indicated in the online form). If one of this publications is a book, one representative chapter from the book will suffice.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

The selection process

The selection is carried out in two stages. At the first stage, the list of candidates will be narrowed to a shortlist. At the second stage, each candidate on the shortlist will be evaluated with the help of external referees.

The candidates are selected by an external selection committee of renowned scholars (3-5 people) in the relevant fields. The decision of the selection committee will then be passed to the approval of the IIAS Board of Directors, before being announced officially.

The selected laureates and their nominators will be personally informed. A general announcement will be sent to all nominators via email.

Questions may be directed to Ms. Shira Barak, IIAS Secretary, at shirabar@savion.huji.ac.il

 

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Nancy Florida

Nancy K. Florida

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University of Michigan

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Nancy K. Florida is a professor of Javanese and Islamic Studies at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. She is a historian of colonial Java and postcolonial Indonesia. Her current and future research concerns problems of history, politics, and Islam in the manuscript literature of colonial Java along with narratives of violence and trauma in postcolonial Indonesia.

2018-2019 Fellow: New Directions in the Study of Javanese Literature

Read more about Professor Florida here

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Andrew Cameron

Cameron Andrew

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University of St. Andrews

Andrew Cameron is Professor of Astronomy at St Andrews. His research is in stellar magnetic fields and the discovery and characterisation of extrasolar planets. 

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He is a founding Co-I of the WASP collaboration, which has discovered more than 170 gas-giant planets in close orbits about their host stars. He is also a member of the Science Team for the Swiss-led ESA S-class CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS; launch expected 2019), for which he leads the Working Group on data analysis.

2018-2019 Fellow: Big Data and Planets

Read more about Professor Cameron here

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Stephan Wanderhorst

Stephan Wanderhorst

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University of Vienna

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Stephan Wendehorst is a lecturer at the Institute for Legal and Constitutional History at the University of Vienna.He researches international law history, law & empire with a focus on Jewish law, and politics, society, constitutional and international law beyond the classical models of the 19th and 20th centuries.

2018-2019 Fellow: Rethinking Early Modern Jewish Legal Culture

Read more about Dr. Wendehorst here

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Edward Fram

Edward (Ted) Fram

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Ben-Gurion University

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Edward Fram is a professor and senior lecturer in the department of history at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His major area of interest is the history of Jewish culture in eastern Europe in the pre-modern age, with a focus on the history of Jewish law and how it was adapted to face new situations.

2018-2019 Fellow: Rethinking Early Modern Jewish Legal Culture 

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Daniel Fabrycky

Daniel Fabrycky

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University of Chicago
Daniel Fabrycky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago.
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His research interests include: 

  1. Extrasolar planets - orbital mechanics; formation and dynamical evolution; observational techniques.
  2. Binary and Variable stars - time-resolved photometric surveys; unsolved mysteries. 

2018-2019 Fellow: Big Data and Planets

Read more about Professor Fabrycky here

 

 

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Yehuda Halper

Yehuda Halper

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Bar-Ilan University

Yehuda Halper is a senior lecturer at the Department of Jewish Thought, at Bar-Ilan University.

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His research examines topics at the intersections of philosophy and religion and of Judaism and Islam in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He is particularly interested in the philosophical background underlying Zionist thought and the intellectual movements that drew from religious and philosophical sources to form the Zionist enterprise.

2018-2019 Organizer: The Reception and Impact of Aristotelian Logic in Medieval Jewish Culture

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Bernard Arps

Bernard Arps

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Leiden University

Bernard Arps is a professor of Indonesian and Javanese Language and Culture at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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His research centres on Indonesia and the Malay world, with a core interest in Java and its diasporas. He teaches about Southeast Asia. He has particular interests in the theory and methods of philology (conceived as the artefact-focused study of worldmaking); the theory and methods of Area Studies; narrativity in culture; Islam; audio media and audioscapes; and the relevance of the past in and for the present.

2018-2019: IIAS Fellow in  Research Group New Directions in the Study of Javanese Literature

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Tony Street

Tony Street

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University of Cambridge

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Tony Street is the assistant director of research in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research interests focus on the intellectual history of the Islamic world through the twelfth and thirteenth centuries CE, a period of fruitful tension between Aristotelian philosophy and the Islamic sciences. He concentrates above all on the logical texts which developed through this period, and the reasons for their growing independence from the Aristotelian tradition.

2018-2019 Fellow: The Reception and Impact of Aristotelian Logic in Medieval Jewish Culture

Read more about Dr. Street here.

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Dovi Poznanski

Dovi Poznanski

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Tel Aviv University
Professor Dovi Poznanski is a senior lecturer and researcher at Tel Aviv University.
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His main research interests focus on the observation and study of supernovae of the different kinds, thermonuclear or core-collapse, nearby or far away, known or predicted. Recently, he has been working on the subject of cosmic dust and the interstellar medium, with a focus on developing tools to correct for the effect of dust on cosmological and astrophysical observations.

2018-2019 Fellow: Big Data and Planets

Read more about Professor Poznanski here.  

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Jay Berkovitz

Jay Berkowitz

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University of Massachusetts

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Jay Berkovitz is Professor and Chair of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies.His research and teaching focus is on the early modern history of European Jews, with special emphasis on Jewish law, family, ritual, and communal governance. A member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History and of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University, he currently serves as joint editor-in-chief of the academic journal Jewish History.

2018-2019 Organizer: Rethinking Early Modern Jewish Legal Culture

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Anthony Day

J. Anthony Day

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Independent Scholar

Anthony Day teaches world literature and Southeast Asian history, and writes scholarly articles on Southeast Asian literature and film. Formerly a faculty member at Yale-NUS College Singapore, Dr. Day is now an independent scholar. 

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2018-2019 Fellow: New Directions in the Study of Javanese Literature

Read more about Dr Day here

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